Berkhamsted goes ‘again to entrance’ for golfers return – Golf Information | Golf Journal


For the primary time in nearly 100 years, the basic English inland course at Berkhamsted Golf Membership in Hertfordshire will play in another way this season.

However {golfing} purists needn’t fear: the membership has merely ‘reversed its nines’ in order that gamers returning after the latest lockdown can take pleasure in a stronger begin and end to their rounds.

The reversal is the one main change to Berkhamsted’s 6,683 yard, par-71 course since James Braid final redesigned it in 1926, upgrading the course from Willie Park Jnr and Harry Colt’s authentic designs.

Solely Berkhamsted members can expertise the re-routed golf course for now, though visitor rounds begin on April 26, and from July 5 all golfers will be capable of e book a recreation on the heathland course.

Berkhamsted’s first gap is now a picturesque 194-yard par-three over water to a well-guarded inexperienced – a a lot stiffer take a look at than the mild par-four opener the membership used to have.

The famously bunker-free Berkhamsted thus joins a brief checklist of different notable English programs with par three begins, together with Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Walton Heath (Previous), Southport & Ainsdale, Liphook, North Hants and Hayling Island.

From the fifteenth there may be now a memorable four-hole closing stretch ending with a dog-leg par 4 from an elevated tee which affords a view of the clubhouse.

Membership Captain Ian Carlile stated: “For these of us who’ve been right here for years, enjoying Berkhamsted ‘the flawed means spherical’ did initially really feel unusual, however our outdated 18th used to finish means out of sight of the clubhouse, whereas the brand new routing now creates the right quantity of drama and environment. Not solely can individuals now take pleasure in a drink and a few meals at Berkhamsted whereas watching others finish their rounds, but additionally our last 4 holes at the moment are extremely distinctive, rather more so than the unique Braid routing from 1926.”

Following the completion of a latest irrigation challenge, guests to Berkhamsted may also take pleasure in higher enjoying surfaces, together with improved greens and approaches. Extra touches of high quality comparable to new progress across the tees, and all-new signage to assist newcomers discover their means round, additionally contribute to the brand new welcome at Berkhamsted Golf Membership this summer time.

Elite golfers will get their first likelihood to strive the revised structure in competitors when the membership’s well-known Berkhamsted Trophy, the normal season-opener for males’s elite golf, transitions to a gender-neutral occasion in 2022, after being postponed for 2 successive seasons owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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